Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Midwinter Night's Eve

Ginger snaps!!!

 So, as you can see, I finished baking my cookies.

 What started out as a lump of brown, molasses smelling clay, turned into this:

 92 little lumps of cookie dough, which in turn filled my kitchen counters from left to right.


A door-to-door salesperson came by and I politely turned her down by giving her a few cookies. She just oohed and awwwed over them, so they must be good.  I tried one of them myself and was very pleasantly surprised. They are fantastic and will go very well with my "Pumpkin Pie".

 Ingredients: Yield: 92 cookies units: us I Metric
3/4 cup shortening - 1058 cal
1 cup light brown sugar
firmly packed - 830 cal
I egg - 70 cal
1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons molasses - 240
2 1/4 cups flour - 900 cal
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger

 I used a 1/2 tablespoon measure to get equal amounts for every cookie it made. Exactly 92 cookies! This brings the total calories per cookie to 34.

The numbers of these cookies are quickly dwindling. He-who-shall-not-be-named has announced that these cookies are the best thing that I have ever made at his house, but we agree that they are still a little (just a smidge) too sweet. I think next time I will cut down on the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and see how it does.They are very good though. I will probably have one later :)

Whilst I was making supper, I imbibed a tad.

4 oz of Moscato D'Asti. Very light and sweet. The only wine that I really like.

And then I started cooking properly.  On the menu tonight was lentils.

One large onion and 4 cloves of garlic sauteed in a tbsp of olive oil before adding the lentils and water.  I accidentally added thyme thinking it was my ground coriander... oh well, it was not that bad.  Over half of it is gone already (it added that whole one pound bag).

I also made rice... more on that in a minute.

I also made a salad with supergreens (Organic Girl Brand), red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and onion.

I had literally 8 craisins left, so I tossed those on there, too. An exciting little surprise when we get one!

My plate. 1/2 a cup of rice, 1 Pillsbury crescent roll, and 2 cups of salad with 2 tbsp of Greek dressing. I also had a 1/2 cup of lentils, which I forgot to take a picture of... sorry : -/   I didn't like the rice. I made it the same as I made the couscous last night, but I added the juice of 1 more lemon... Not a good idea. Too acidic. I also put too much water in it. (1.5 cups water to 1 cup rice is the ratio they recommend... I made it 2 to 1 the way I make normal rice... my bad.) So H had my share.

Roll - 100 cal
rice - 20 cal
salad - 60 cal
dressing - 110 cal
lentils - 110 cal

So, dinner was 400 calories.

Breakfast: Diva pancake:  325 calories
Also had a cookie: 34 calories
Was getting hungry while supper was cooking and waiting for H to get home, so I had  4 pita chips and a laughing cow: 80 calories

Only 839 calories for the day.  I get up late, so I eat breakfast late.  I don't feel hungry or I would fix something before the fellas get home... I spend time with H til he goes to bed (around 10), then stay up to clean dishes, fold clothes, blog, look up recipes. Go to sleep around midnight. Sometimes a little later. Then wake up at 4 with H, then 6 with Boo (her scheduled feeding time), then when she needs to go out 2 hours later... By the time I feel rested it is almost noon... I have always liked my sleep, but I think this is hindering my a little bit.  I think I need to start waking up early instead of going to bed late... Maybe that needs to be one of my goals as well... Go to bed between 8-9 and getting up by 6.

I think I will have a bowl of cereal later. The cinnamon biscuits maybe. This would bring my total up to about 1100. 800 is just too low. I don't want to start making myself feel deprived. Then I might cheat a little too exuberantly.


  1. Wow! You go girl! I am impressed at your discipline! I don't know if I could be this dedicated. Keep up the good work!

    1. :) Thanks Haven!!! It is hard, but I am actually having lots of fun... It is kind of challenging to be accurate with it... (The pictures help. Without them, I am sure that I would forget a few things!)